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July 2013

Apple's iWallet Edges Closer to Reality with Admission by ISIS

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In November 2012 we posted an in-depth report introducing ISIS, an e-wallet service project developed by AT&T, Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless. For the last nine months the ISIS venture has tested their system out at more than 4,000 locations in Austin Texas. They're now preparing to take the system live nationally this fall. According to a new report, the mobile payment system that works primarily with NFC technology will also work with Apple's iPhone.

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Even the Indian Government is getting into the App Store Craze

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The App Store opened on July 10, 2008 via an update to iTunes. On July 11, the iPhone 3G was launched and came pre-loaded with iOS 2.0.1 with App Store support and zipping through to the present, Apple recently celebrated their new 50 billionth app download record. To capture the buzz about the App Store, Apple originally created an ad back in 2009 coining the phrase "There's an App for That," and even filed a trademark for it in that same year. Now even the Indian Government is getting into the App Store craze.

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Will Apple Finally Get China Mobile on Board this Year?

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On Sunday we posted a special report titled "The Perfect Storm: All Eyes are on Apple's Strategy for China covering current trends and possible moves to unfold later this year. Apple has been in secret talks with China Mobile for the past four years and in January China Mobile admitted to a confidentiality agreement with Apple which was the first sign that a plan could be in place for the iPhone to debut on their network within the next year. Now Cook is back in China making new headlines.

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Apple Granted 16 Patents Covering a Mystery Handheld Device, an iPhone Feature, Luminance & Chrominance Sensors, More

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On a slow summer day, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 16 newly granted patents for Apple covering such things as a mystery handheld device designed by the late Steve Jobs along with others related to the iPhone, iPhone camera and more.

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A New China Labor Watch Report Confirms Plastic iPhone

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Buried within a new scathing report on labor conditions found at Apple iPhone supplier plants, we find two references about Apple's entry-level mid-range iPhone. The report states that "Pegatron (Shanghai) Ltd Co. is part of the Pegatron Group, which was a subsidiary of Pegatron Group until 2010. Pegatron primarily assembles cell phones and tablet PCs for Apple. Its assembled products include iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, and low-priced plastic iPhones."

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First-Time Smartphone Buyers in the UK Drive Apple's iPhone Sales Surge While Verizon Wins Top iPhone Carrier in the US

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The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to June 2013, show Apple's iOS has surged 5.2 percentage points to 30.5% of the British smartphone market, driven by first-time smartphone buyers opting for the iPhone 4.

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Apple Likely to Have Pinch to Zoom Patent Reversed on Appeal

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Today, Network World decided to run a headline that reads "US patent office rejects claims of Apple 'pinch to zoom' patent." Of course that's only true in part, as Apple has 60 days to appeal the ruling. Is this a case of Déjà vu? Yes, more than likely.

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A Scathing Report from China Labor Watch Claims that Apple Supplier Pegatron Violates Labor Rights to Gain Contracts

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Today, China Labor Watch (CLW) published an investigative report detailing the labor violations of three factories of Pegatron Group, a major supplier to Apple. In 2013, Apple has increased its orders to these factories, which have benefitted from and relied upon labor violations to increase their competitive edge. In a CLW video provided for in our report, you'll hear the claim that one of the plants violating China's labor laws is a plant now making Apple's new mid-level iPhone. Report Updated July 30, 2013.

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The Perfect Storm: All Eyes are on Apple's Strategy for China

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During Apple's F3Q 2013 Conference call on Tuesday Tim Cook tried to explain away Apple's decline in China this past quarter as being attributed to Hong Kong being "an international shopping haven." That was the only reasoning given for a 20% decline in iPhone sales in Hong Kong. Cook later resigned to saying that he wouldn't get discouraged over a 90-day cycle that could have economic factors and other things in it. For being a statistics man, his response was a little vague if not odd.

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This Week's rumored iPhone Lite Photos were Ridiculous

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While Patently Apple does post some reports based on rumors emanating from Taiwan and Chinese supply chain sources, we shy away from the bizarre, the truly unbelievable or the ridiculous. Yet some sites don't mind stepping over the line and this week's rumored iPhone lite photos were clear proof of that. The rumored photos were simply over the top stupid. To some, they were just insulting.

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Apple Has Advanced Voice Recognition Team Hidden in Boston

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In May, Nuance CEO Paul Ricci confirmed in an interview with Walt Mossberg that their technology was in fact behind Apple's Siri (See the 6:28 mark of this video interview). Whether that admission violated their contract with Apple isn't known. But what we can confirm, is that Apple now has a new advanced voice recognition team set up in Boston. Whether this is a move to break away from their reliance on Nuance in the future is unknown at this time.

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Apple's iPhone Market Share Slips Again despite Good Quarter

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According to the IDC's latest report, Apple posted its second-lowest year-over-year iPhone growth rate in almost four years as some buyers presumably held off on iPhone purchases in advance of an expected next-generation device launch this fall. Nonetheless, the 31.2 million iPhones Apple shipped last quarter was impressive as its flagship iPhone 5 model, which has been in the market for three quarters, was faced with additional global competition in the form of Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's critically-acclaimed One models.

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